Making a home
It can be hard to imagine yourself living in a house like Castle Ward, especially now when we treat it as a museum. By delving into the collections, we can look at how primarily, the house was a home.
The idea of having a 'home' and household of one's own as we understand it today is an inherently Georgian ideal, as illustrated through Bernard and Lady Anne Ward (Viscount and Viscountess Bangor cr. 1781) and exemplified in this existing extraordinary and unusual house of two sides.
Whilst the couple had differing tastes in architecture, he Classical, she Gothick, the idea of creating a 'home' which was expressive of their tastes and passions was paramount. Whilst it has been altered in some ways and enhanced and added to by successive generations of the Ward Family, they have all continued to reinforce the fact that this was their 'home' and a place where they could find self-expression.
If we look at the Collection we can see how they used family crests, armorials, coronets and monogramming on all manner of objects to reinforce the idea that this was their home, and a place special to them.
At the moment, as we have been spending more time than usual in our homes, perhaps we can consider how even today, we too express our own personalities and identities within our own homes and how important this is to us all. We at Castle Ward hope that you will find inspiration in some of our unique Collection items posted here.